Policy brief: The fragmentation of international climate politics
Summary, in English
Over the last decades, there has been a rapid increase of the number of climate change initiatives outside the UNFCCC. In research this is referred to as ‘institutional fragmentation’, and it encompasses a wide range of public, private and hybrid initiatives, at various levels of governance. This development is extensively discussed in the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report AR5. Chapters 13-16 of the Working Group III contribution to the AR5 highlight that institutional fragmentation has meanwhile drawn more attention in UNFCCC-internal discussions. The changing climate policy arena raises new issues and may offer new opportunities to advance climate change mitigation and adaption.